Gable Steveson says wrestling future will remain in WWE amid speculation of transfer to Iowa

The two-time NCAA champion has been teasing a possible transfer to Hawkeyes.

Gable Steveson leaned into his showmanship style on Tuesday night.

The Apple Valley wrestler announced his wrestling future will remain in WWE during the WWE show NXT on USA Network.

The two-time NCAA heavyweight champion with the Gophers stepped off the collegiate mat after winning the 2022 national title in ceremonious fashion but said in June he wanted to come back to the collegiate ranks for a fifth season this winter.

In the meantime, Steveson’s tweets fed speculation he might enter the NCAA transfer portal and go to arch-rival Iowa Hawkeyes. He has posted pictures of himself in both Gopher and Hawkeye gear, with other posts including emojis representing each school followed by question marks. Continue reading at →

Berge claims U20 Pan-Am title

SANTIAGO, Chile — South Dakota State wrestler Bennett Berge added to his list of individual accomplishments at the U20 Pan-Am Championships over the weekend and was part of a dominant performance by the American squad.

Berge claimed the 86-kilogram championship in men’s freestyle, ending the tournament with a 3-0 record. He posted back-to-back 10-0 victories over Zaurbek Arsagov (Canada) and Max Franca (Brazil) in the first two rounds, then recorded a fall against Steven Rodriguez of Venezuela in the championship match.

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World’s largest tournament, the USMC Junior & 16U Nationals, set for Fargo, N.D., July 15-22

Nation’s top young athletes expected for the world’s largest tournament, the USMC Junior & 16U Nationals in Fargo, N.D., July 15-22

FARGO, N.D. – Every year, the nation’s best young wrestlers come together for the world’s largest wrestling competition, the 2023 U.S Marine Corps Junior and 16U Nationals at the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D.

In 2022, the Junior/16U Nationals set a new participation record, with a combined 6,646 participants in the six national tournaments. Five of the six tournaments in 2022 saw growth over the previous year. Based upon preliminary registration from USA Wrestling’s state associations, organizers expect another new record this year, with the possibility of going over the 7,000 entries mark for the first time. There will be 30 mats used for this year’s competition.

It all started with the Junior Nationals in men’s freestyle, held in Iowa City, Iowa in 1971, which added Greco-Roman in 1972, and later was merged with the 16U Nationals (formerly the Cadet Nationals) in 1996. The Junior Nationals enters its 52nd year, held annually except in 2020 when it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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